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Anyone hunted whitetails in Canada?

This is my first visit to your site. It's great. I'm glad I found it.
We are looking to go to Canada on a whitetail hunt in the fall of '06 (a birthday for my dad's 75th birthday). We are lifelong deer hunters and are currently searching for "the whitetail hunt of a lifetime" without overspending. Not even sure on what province yet. The websites are beginning to look the same. We know that trophies are not a guarantee, but we expect to see some. Not sure who to believe. I was wondering if anyone has had any good experiences. I would appreciate any advice you may have. Thanks.

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Hi there - welcome. No doubt you've heard about the monster whitetails of our prairie provinces. I used to live there (N Sask) and the stories are true...there's some big freakin deer running around. For some reason Alberta and Saskatchewan get all the attention. Manitoba is almost unheard of...I'm not sure why but they have good deer populations too. One thing to ask any outfitter in MB is how the flooding and heavy rains this year affected the herd in their area. It wasn't a sudden catastrophic flood, but pretty much all of Southern Manitoba was under constant rainfall all spring/summer. I drove through there in July - it was scarey.

Another potential overlooked hotspot is Eastern Ontario. The deer aren't quite as big as out west, but there's some real wall hangers and a very healthy population.

Another option is Anticosti Island in the province of Quebec. The deer are not big, but very plentiful.

Hope this helps. If you have more questions once you have narrowed it down a bit ask away.

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hey i have hunted around moose jaw sask for ten years and have seen moster buck's but for some reason they never seem as big as the deer from idaho or texas there racks from pictures are huge why is that . but now i live in cold lake alberta been out hunting the last three weekendsand have seen deer with huge bodies missed a nice 5x5 yesteday in the driving snow. so i think alberta or northern sask would bee your best bet sorry where are you from again. maybe i can hook you up would have to check the reg's for out of cprovince or country hunters oh yeah i'm not an outfitter just a hunter and maybe even tie in a bear hunt as well

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up north wrote:
and have seen moster buck's but for some reason they never seem as big as the deer from idaho or texas there racks from pictures are huge why is that .

They are the cream of the crop - pictures of normal bucks don't sell magazines.

Some (NOT ALL) ranches in Texas and elsewhere use more intensive management to enahnce and promote rack growth through specialized food plots, selective harvesting etc. In some places these practices have been in place long enough that they are showing some impressive results.

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We've been looking around and have narrowed it down to either Alberta or Saskatchewan. Although we're not dead set on it yet. Some outfitters have some pretty impressive photos on their sites. We have hunted mostly in SD. We lost our spot this year. The landowner is doing what all the others are doing and charging. Can't really say that I blame them. Fairly easy money for a farmer/rancher in SD. But most don't know how to manage their herds. They overbook and end up shooting too many young bucks. The number of mature bucks have decreased significantly over the past 4-5years. What a shame.
They are charging around $2500 to hunt. That amount is not all that bad for a deer hunt, but in our humble opinion there are not very many $2500 deer in SD. Although there have been a few taken. That's the main reason for our upcoming adventure. We would hate to run into a case like this in Canada.

The talk of huge whitetails in SK or AB is fairly broad. Can any of you help us out on where we should be looking as far as a particular area. Or maybe any outfitters you know of that you have had experiences with or have a good reputation? Like I said before. We know a trophy isn't a guarantee. But we would hate to pay to sit in a stand and watch does run by. We can find those here at home. Usually you get what you pay for, but that's not always the case. Any help would be much appreciated.

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I can't speak for Alberta, although I'm sure the general situation is similar. Your best bet in Sask is along the "farm-forest fringe". This band represents the northern edge of the "parkland" transition from the grassy plains (which also hold some impressive deer) and the northern boreal forest. Here there is an abundance of agriculture (food) and forest (cover) and lower human population density (low pressure). Perfect Whitetail mix. On the following link you can see where this transition zone is: tan = primarily prairie, green = primarily forest. I grew up in the northern most tip of WMZ 50.

http://www.se.gov.sk.ca/fishwild/huntingguide/Map_Wildlife_Mgmt_Zones.pdf

The catch to this is that non-residents (even Canadian residents) have very restricted seasons (3rd week of Nov only - bring your long underwear it's chilly that time of year) in these transition zones (roughly WMZ's 47 - 59). I'm not sure, but I think this restricted season does not apply to clients of a registered outfitter.

Fortunately though, deer can't read maps and there is excellent hunting in the southern portions of the "forest zone" (ie: WMZ 60-68) without the restrictive seasons. Here the food sources are primarily regenerating clearcuts and forest fires, with some agriculture mixed in here and there.

My personal experiences have been in WMZ 50 and WMZ 63. Both have excellent numbers and some big deer. I'm more of meat hunter than a trophy hunter, but there are some pretty big bucks running around. If you're interested in a do-it yourself type hunt, I would recomend using Narrow Hills Provincial Park as your base of operations. There's excellent whitetail hunting within and immediately surrounding the park and very affordable accomodations at a couple resorts (off-season rates). Within the park there are some additiional restrictions, but generally they can summed up by the statement no hunting within 400yds of a road.

Actually there was an bear/deer outfitting service just outside the park, but I think they have closed.

Here's the link to this year's Sask hunting regs.
http://www.se.gov.sk.ca/fishwild/huntingguide/2005%20HUNTING%20GUIDE.pdf
In the back are the numbers for local Sask Environment (MNR) offices. Some particular ones you may wish to speak to are: Nipawin (my local one), Narrow Hills Provincial Park (very small office, but very helpful staff), Meadow Lake, Hudson Bay, Beauval, Chistopher Lake, Prince Albert, Meadow Lake Prov Park (Dorintosh) and Porcupine Plain)

Shoot me a PM if you have any more specific questions. Cheers.

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I've lived in southwestern Manitoba all my life and there's no big bucks here honest. Laugh

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Hi From Nova Scotia. Our rifle season ended today and the heaviest deer registered so far was 261 lbs dressed. The heaviest I eever got was 228 lbs, a number of years ago. Visit http://www.novascotiahunting.com and check photo gallery. Colchester ,Cumberland & Pictou counties seem to have the heavier deer(in my opinion,others will disagree) Rifle season last friday in October to first Saturday in December,both day inclusive. I'm sure you would enjoy a trip to "Canadas' Ocean Playground)!!

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i live in northern manitoba, im with saskie on the fact that we dont get much attention, weve got some pretty big bucks, but to be honest id like to leave it that way,no offence but most people in this area arnt very happy when we see
americans who buy farm land and then dont come on it untill hunting season, when meanwhile people could be using it and they wont let anyone else hunt or farm it.

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I've lived in southwestern Manitoba all my life and there's no big bucks here honest. Laugh

if you havnt seen any bucks your probly doing something wrong. no offnece dont wanna start a fight or nothing.

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rambo wrote:
Deathwind wrote:
I've lived in southwestern Manitoba all my life and there's no big bucks here honest. Laugh

if you havnt seen any bucks your probly doing something wrong. no offnece dont wanna start a fight or nothing.

I think he's being sarcastic

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